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History of Medicine - Biographical Resources: Books

How to Search NYMCat for Biographical Materials


Some basic recommendations for searching for biographical information in NYMCat. For instance, if you were doing your paper on Sigmund Freud:

  1. Search the name of your historical figure as a keyword (e.g. sigmund freud searched as a keyword)
  2. Search topic words AND the word "history" as a keyword (e.g. psychoanalysis AND history)
  3. Search topic words AND the word "biography" as a keyword (e.g. psychoanalysis AND biography)

HSL Books on Medical Biography

Note that many of the books listed below begin with the call number "WZ." Browsing in these areas is recommended! The books may be downstairs in our "Main Collection," around the stairwell in "Medical Classics," in "Reference," or at the Access Services Desk in "Reserve." 

Ebooks on Medical Biography

Search for ebooks in the Ebooks Portal. Use the dropdown menu next to the search box to indicate "Title Contains All Words," and enter the name of the historical figure. 

Searching the name directly in our ebrary database will allow you to refine your search, and may produce more results because this database searches inside the text of its ebooks. 

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